|Daytona Beach-Orlando, Florida
|Slogan||general: Univision Orlando
newscast: Noticias Univision Florida Central
|Channels||Digital: 49 (UHF)
Virtual: 26 (PSIP)
|Translators||WVCI-LP 16 Orlando (city)
W46DB 46 Melbourne
|Owner||Entravision Communications Corporation
(Entravision Holdings, LLC)
|First air date||February 7, 1987|
|Call letters' meaning||Ven (Spanish for "come")|
|Former channel number(s)||
|Transmitter power||120 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WVEN-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 49), is a Univision-affiliated television station that is licensed to Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. The station is owned by Entravision Communications Corporation, WVEN operates UniMás owned-and-operated station WOTF-DT (channel 43) through a local marketing agreement with that station's owner Univision Communications. The two stations share studios located in Altamonte Springs, and its transmitter is located in Christmas.
The station's transmitter has sufficient signal coverage to reach Orlando and Melbourne, Florida. However, WVEN's signal is relayed on two low-powered translator stations in order to ensure that the station's signal adequately covers both areas: these stations are WVCI-LP (channel 16) in Orlando and W46DB (channel 46) in Melbourne.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|26.1||1080i||16:9||WVEN-DT||Main WVEN-TV programming / Univision|
WVEN's digital signal transmits on channel 49 and originates near Orange City.
The station was assigned on February 9, 1987 the call sign of WLSY. On December 10, 1987, the call sign was changed to WAYQ. In 1988, Beach TV Partners signed on WAYQ at channel 26 as a simulcast of WAYK, giving them a signal in Daytona Beach. In early August 1990, owner Beach Television Partners based in Vero Beach filed for Chapter 11 reorganization over an inability to renegotiation loan payment schedule. At the time, the station was only carried part-time on CableVision of Central Florida, Orlando's major cable system. WAYK was affiliated with the Beach TV investor, Harry Handley, founded Star Television Network. The network launched in September 1990 only to close down on January 14, 1991.
In 1992, WAYK and WAYQ were both sold to Robert Rich, who changed their format to feature more paid programming. The two stations' callsigns were respectively changed to WIRB and WNTO on July 22, 1996.
In 1996, the two stations were split up with Paxson Communications acquiring WIRB, while WNTO was purchased by Entravision Communications. On November 23, 2000, WVEN became the station's call sign.
WVEN-TV terminated its analog signal, on UHF channel 26, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 49. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display WVEN-TV's virtual channel as 26.
WVEN produces evening newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. newscast under the Noticias Univision Florida Central (formerly Noticias Univision Orlando until 2010), along with local news updates that are broadcast on weekday mornings during Univision's morning news program Despierta America under the title Despierta Orlando. WVEN partners with sister radio station WNUE-FM, providing them with news briefs and breaking news events as they warrant.
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- List of Digital Full-Power Stations[permanent dead link]